News & Announcements

EVANZ General Manager

Our General Manager Miles Davidson has advised the Executive he is retiring at the end of June this year and leaving his position with EVANZ.
After 15 years with EVANZ, 13 as our Executive Officer and 2 as General Manager it’s now time for a change.
‘Miles has provided a wonderful service to EVANZ over a long period, assisting the Executive build a credible organisation, doubling membership numbers and running our events and we will miss him’ says President Keith Parker.  ‘It is however time for a change and the Executive has the opportunity to undertake a recruitment process to fill the position’ he adds.
The Executive has formed a subcommittee to manage the process.  The job description is being reviewed and advertising for the position will begin in March.   Miles will remain in the position until the end of June (financial year end) and the plan is to have a new person in place by then.
Details about the position will be posted on the EVANZ website and included in EVANZ News as they become available.

Crankworx Observer Programme Rotorua 2018

The Crankworx Rotorua Observer Programme is an opportunity for Event Organisers to get an exclusive, behind the scenes insight of how Mountain biking’s defining celebration rolls out in New Zealand.

The programme will span over the last 3 days (Friday 23 - Sunday 25 March 2018 Inclusive) of the festival and will include:

  • Site visits to the operational hubs of the event.
  • Presentations and discussion with key Crankworx staff
  • Insights into the Crankworx Rotorua ethos and operational engine
  • Opportunities to experience first-hand some of the festivals showcase events

Observer Programme cost: $1000NZD + GST (Spaces are strictly limited to 10).  The successful EVANZ member can apply to EVANZ for a subsidy of $250.00 plus GST.

Program includes:

  • Lunch and dinner each day (dinner on Sunday is at own cost)
  • All sessions
  • VIP tickets and accreditation for the last three days of the event
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Transport between hotel and venue

How to register:
As spaces are strictly limited, interested parties will need to apply to attend the program. Applications close 6 February 2018.

For application and programme details click here

Global Google Crackdown on Ticket Resellers

The updated AdWords policy, announced today, requires secondary ticketers to abide by a set of new regulations that prevent them from masquerading as official sellers.

Secondary ticketing websites will from January 2018 be subject to stringent restrictions on their use of Google AdWords, as the search engine giant cracks down on ticket resellers’ controversial gaming of its online advertising platform.


EVANZ President and Executive Elected

The new EVANZ President is Keith Parker, voted in by the new Executive at its first meeting.  Joelene Elliott was elected Vice President.

The new full Executive is:

Keith Parker Eden Park (President)

Joelene Elliott Events Venues Rotorua (Vice President)

Adam Lynch Venues Wellington 

Helaina Keeley Auckland Live

Mark Gosling Trusts Arena

Megan Peacock-Coyle Baycourt Tauranga

Executive Profiles

Newly elected President Keith Parker closed the conference and thanked Nelita Byrne for her wonderful contribution to EVANZ over the past decade as an Executive member and President over the past 2 years.

We also said goodbye to Gareth Wallis after spening 2 years on the Executive and making andn excellent contribution.

EVANZ Awards Winners 17

EVANZ celebrated excellence in the industry at its 5th edition of the annual awards dinner at the St James Theatre in Wellington.  

2017 Winners:

Priava Supreme Venue Person of the Year Award - James Wilson Q Theatre Auckland

Receiving the Award is (left to right) James Pegum (Priava Sponsor) and James Wilson (Q Theatre)

Ticket Direct Supreme Venue of the Year Award - Eden Park Auckland

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Andy Goodridge, Susan Helps, Keith Parker (Eden Park), Emily Ness (Ticket Direct Sponsor) Nick Sautner, Blair Christiansen, Gary Wyatt (Eden Park)

EVANZ Contribution to Industry Award - Mark Lyne HPA

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Mark Lyne (HPA) and Nelita Byrne (EVANZ Sponsor)

EVANZ Associate Member of the Year Award

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Ben Wooding, Hayden Gyles-Bedford, Andy Gollings (Red Badge), Nelita Byrne (EVANZ), Geoff Randall, Scott Bayer, Marolyn Walker, David Patchett, Dee Wakelin (Red Badge)

EVANZ Outstanding Service Awards

Receiving the Awards are (left to right) Craig Goodall (Auckland Art Gallery), Nelita Byrne (EVANZ), Andy Goodridge (Education and Training Sub Committee)

HPA Excellence in Host Responsibility Award - St James Theatre Wellington

Receiving the Award are (Left to Right) Helen Glengarry, Adam Lynch, Jo Derby (Venues Wellingnton), Mark Lyne (HPA Sponsor), David Perks, Lynette Ell, Jen de Montalk, Jo O'Brien, Jessica Armstrong, Lauren McAvinchey (Venues Wellington)

Ticketek Venue Executive of the Year Award - James Wilson Q Theatre Auckland

Receiving the Award is (left to right) Trina Tamati (Ticketek Sponsor) and James Wilson (Q Theatre)

Simpson Grierson Operations Manager of the Year Award - Claire Toko H3 Group Hamilton

Receiving the Award is (left to right) Gwen Keel (Simpson Grierson Sponsor) and Claire Toko H3 Group

Priava Rising Star of the Year Award - Savina Kim Auckland Stadiums

Receiving the Award is (left to right) Neil Cox (Priava Sponsor) Savina Kim (Auckland Stadiums)

Ticketmaster Large Venue of the Year Award - Eden Park Auckland

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Keith Parker (Eden Park) Justin Pule and Anjelica Devoe (Ticketmaster Sponsor), Nick Sautner, Blair Christiansen (Eden Park)

NW Group Medium Venue of the Year Award - ILT Stadium Southland Invercargill

Receiving the Award are (left to right) Matt Jones (NW Group Sponsor), Nigel Skelt, Courtney Skelt, Alivia Walker (ILT Stadium Southland)

Eventfinda Small Venue of the Year Award - Q Theatre Auckland

Receiving the Award is (left to right) James McGlinn (Eventfinda Sponsor) and James Wilson (Q Theatre)



Awards Finalists Found

Awards Finalists 2017

Judging is complete and finalists found:

HPA Excellence in Host Responsibility Award
Eden Park Auckland
Spark Arena Auckland
St James Theatre Wellington
Q Theatre Auckland
Energy Events Centre Rotorua

EVANZ Associate Member Award
Reliance Risk
Red Badge

Ticketmaster Large Venue of the Year (over 5000 seats)
Claudelands Hamilton
Eden Park Auckland
Yarrow Stadium New Plymouth

NW Group Medium Venue of the Year (1001 - 4999 seats)
ILT Stadium Southland
Opera House Wellington
The Civic Theatre Auckland
TSB Hub Hawera

Eventfinda Small Venue of the Year (under 1000 seats)
Q Theatre Auckland
Shed 6 Wellington
TSB Showplace New Plymouth

Ticketek Venue Executive of the Year 
James Wilson Q Theatre
Guy Ngata Eden Park

Simpson Grierson Operations Manager of the Year 
Blair Christiansen Eden Park
Claire Toko H3 Group Hamilton
Emily Wotton Auckland Stadiums
Scott Attenborough Taupo Venues

Priava Rising Star of the Year Award 
David Sims Carterton Events Centre
Savina Kim Auckland Stadiums
Stacey Donaldson Auckland Live

EVANZ Contribution to Industry Award - Announced on the night

Ticket Direct Supreme Venue of the Year Award (highest scoring nomination across the 3 venue awards - large, medium and small) - announced on the night

Priava Supreme Venue Person of the Year Award (highest scoring nomination across the 3 people awards) - announced on the night

All winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner St James Theatre Wellington on Monday 20 November.

New Zealand Theatre Month

This is  to let you know about New Zealand Theatre Month planned for September 2018.
We are  approaching theatres and theatre groups now so as to give everyone plenty of time to plan.

The main aim is to get as many theatres (professional and community) putting on New Zealand work some time during that September.

Almost all the other arts have celebrated and publicised their own field with a month, a week, a day. But theatre never has.
Theatre in New Zealand has never been so strong.  The amount of work produced and the number of venues have never been so high. But the vast majority of people have no idea of what is happening.
I never sense a national pride in what we do. In recent times.  Media attention to theatre is dwindling.
And when did any museum put on a display about NZ Theatre? They should;  our history goes back to Victorian times.
We don’t seem to have a national voice.

As well as NZ work being presented, I hope that many other activities will take place.
Displays of posters of NZ plays/ shows.
Panels, talks or displays highlighting the work of theatre skills such as set design wardrobe; lighting; sound; stage manager, digital etc.
Honouring our past theatre practitioners.
These are just some of the activities that are planned. We certainly anticipate media coverage.

NZTM will have its own web site.
Funding applications will start soon.
Some individuals have committed financial support.
Malcolm Calder has joined me as Administrator.
The intention is by the end of NZ Theatre Month,  people will be more aware of the amount and quality of NZ Theatre; and that there will be a greater sense of pride in what we do.

I know it is still early in the planning, but we sincerely hope your theatre will be part of New Zealand Theatre Month.

Roger Hall 

New Zealand Theatre Month

4D 173 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Auckland 0622 


Important Dates 2017

2 - 5 Eden Park Event Scholarship Auckland NRL Nines

13 EVANZ Executive Committee Meeting
13 - 15 The Arts Market Auckland (Organised by PANNZ)
21 EVANZ Education & Training Seminar Palmerston North Convention Centre
24 – 25 Musical Theatre NZ (MTNZ) Conference New Plymouth
31 – 2 April Crankworx Observer Programme Rotorua

8 - 9 EVANZ Mid Year Meeting New Plymouth
21 - 24 Asia Pacific Venue Industry Congress Sydney (Organised by VMA)
31 - 1 June Meetings ASB Showgrounds Auckland (Organised by CINZ)

4 - 5 ETNZ Conference and Trade Show Wellington

2 – 3 NZ Event Professionals Association Conference New Plymouth
21 - 22 Performing Arts Exchange Sydney (Organised by APACA)
23 - 24 Outside In Performing Arts Conference Sydney (Organised by APACA)

10 EVANZ Education and Trainning Learning Development Seminar Christchurch
24 - 26 CINZ Annual Conference Dunedin

12 - 16 Venue Management School (VMS) Salt Resort, Kingscliff Australia
20 - 22 EVANZ Annual Conference Wellington

14 - 16 New Plymouth Event Venues Scholarship

6 - 8 Arts Market Wellington (Organised by PANNZ)

New EVANZ Executive

The AGM has just been held in Hamilton during the Annual EVANZ Conference and after the election of officers the make up of the Executive is as follows:

Nelita Byrne New Plymouth Venues President (2015 - 2017)

Joelene Elliott Events and Venues Rotorua Vice President (2016 - 2018)

Sarah Anderson Regent Theatre Dunedin (2015 - 2017)

Gareth Wallis Auckland Live (2015 - 2017)

Adam Lynch Wellington Venues (2015 - 2017)

Keith Parker Eden Park Auckland (2016 - 2018)